The remains of Delta State Police Command, SP Valentine Mbalu has been found in a bush in Umunede along the Benin/Asaba highway.
It was learnt that some members of the kidnapping gang who allegedly abducted the officer while returning to his duty post in Asaba from Agbor had been arrested and confessed to the killing.
SP Mbalu was abducted at about 4pm on the 5th of March on his way to Asaba after spending the weekend with his family at Agbor and since then he had been kept incommunicado by his captors until the news of his killing was received on Friday.
When contacted on the telephone, the state commissioner of police, CP Zannah Ibrahim, refuted the death of the officer in the hands of his abductors, adding that the report of his death lacked credibility.
But a reliable source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the decomposing corpse of the DPO was found in Umunede on Friday morning, adding that the entire command had been gloomy over the killing..
Our source added that some suspects including a Fulani herdsman has been arrested in connection with his abduction.
The Umunede bush has been a safe haven for kidnappers as other victims including the corpse of the traditional ruler of Ubulu-Uku, HRM Edward Akaeze Ofulue III who was kidnapped in a similar manner was also found in the area in 2016.
CP Ibrahim added, “It’s not true. We are still investigating his abduction. If somebody dies, are we going to hide it? All these stories are hear-say.”
( Punch Nigeria)